Dumbarton Oaks Byzantine Greek Summer School Announcement

2022 Byzantine Greek Summer School
July 5–29, 2022 | Directed by Alexandros Alexakis and Stratis Papaioannou
Designed to improve knowledge of Greek among Byzantinists and others interested in the world of Byzantium (especially since related courses are only taught in a very small minority of universities around the world), Dumbarton Oaks is hosting an intensive four-week Byzantine Greek Summer School program from July 5 to July 29, 2022. We will be welcoming 10 graduate students from schools across the globe.

Extended Early Registration & Request for Special Event Registration

Via Elizabeth S. Bolman, BSC Local Arrangements Chair

Greetings, Colleagues!
I am looking forward to seeing many of you in Cleveland soon.
I am extending the deadline for early registration to midnight on Monday, Nov. 29.
While this conference is free for graduate students and contingent scholars, it is going to be expensive! Therefore, donations are gratefully received. Please choose the Dept. of Art History and Art in the drop down menu. Thanks very much to those of you who have already given.
Please also be sure – those of you who have already registered, and those of you who have not yet done so – to click on the “Sign up for Conference Special Events” link.
I need to know how many people will be there in person for the two receptions (Thursday panel and Friday plenary), and breakfast Saturday (Cleveland Museum of Art). We are also offering some extraordinary experiences:
HoloLens Red Monastery
Up close and personal with Gerhard Lutz, CMA Medieval curator.
https://www.signupgenius.com/go/dr_lutz (currently at capacity, but we have a waiting list)
Graduate students wanting to attend the Mary Jaharis events, which look amazing, also need to sign up so that there is enough food!
Very best wishes,

Late Antique Seminar: Coptic texts of ritual power as voices of laypeople?

On Thursday, 25 November (4.45 Warsaw time), at Ewa Wipszycka’s Warsaw Late Antique Seminar, Przemysław Piwowarczyk (University of Silesia) will present a paper Coptic texts of ritual power as voices of laypeople?. We are meeting in-person at the Library of Papyrology and Roman Law (UW main campus)but Zoom participation will also be possible at this link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83501284547?pwd=aWt5a1Jla2ZmbUgzN1lyL0c4N1lsUT09
My seminar paper is an attempt to identify the literary production of lay Christians writing in Coptic. Among the literary pieces in Coptic, there are certainly some composed and/or written by laypeople; however, a positive evaluation of such authorship is usually impossible. The monastic or clerical link is equally hard to prove directly. Nevertheless, it often functions as a default interpretation. The paper’s title is appended with a question mark since I propose not hard evidence but a cumulative argument that I test as a reasonable hypothesis. I am convinced that the texts of ritual power (‘magical texts’) give us a unique chance to catch laypeople’s writing. In my argument, I refer to three different source corpora: the text of ritual power themselves (internal evidence), church canons concerning magic, and narrative texts portraying magicians (external evidence).
Forthcoming papers
2.12: Adam Łajtar (UW), A new piece of evidence in an old question: A Greek inscription from Tafah and the Christianisation of Nobadia
9.12: Jakub Łojszczyk (UW) Fragments regarding the alliance with ‘Turks’ as an example of ethnographic categories and Kaiserkritik in the History of Menander the Guardsman
16.12: Przemysław Nehring (Uniwersytet Mikołaja Kopernika), Praktyka i teoria epistolograficzna w listach Augustyna

MA in Religion with Focus on Syriac Studies, Vanderbilt University

The Graduate Department of Religion at Vanderbilt University is accepting applications to the Historical Studies track of the Master of Arts program from students interested in the study of Syriac Christianity within the broader contexts of late antiquity and the early middle ages.

Course offerings are focused on the history of Christianity in late antiquity, language study in classical Greek, Latin, Syriac, and Arabic, the material culture and archeology of the Eastern Mediterranean world,  the intersections of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, and the application of the digital humanities to these fields through collaborative research projects such as Syriaca.org.

Students in the Graduate Department of Religion may also take courses from departments across Vanderbilt University including in Classical and Mediterranean StudiesHistoryHistory of ArtIslamic Studies, and Jewish Studies. Language instruction is offered on a rotating basis in Biblical Hebrew, Classical Greek, Classical Latin, Classical Syriac, and Classical Arabic. Vanderbilt also offers field work opportunities in the archeology of the Eastern Mediterranean and Levant, including current excavations at Caesarea Maritima.

Faculty members offering courses in the program include Annalisa AzzoniJelena BogdanovićIssam EidoPhillip LiebermanRichard McGregorDavid MichelsonJoseph RifeBetsey Robinsonand Choon-Leong Seow, among others.

Admitted students are eligible for two years of funding through the Graduate Department of Religion including full tuition and paid research or teaching assistantships.

Graduates of this MA program have successfully gone on to enroll at Ph.D. programs in a variety of fields including Religious Studies, Classics, Central Asian Studies, and Medieval Studies.

Inquiries may be directed to Professor David Michelson, david.a.michelson@vanderbilt.edu. The application deadline is December 15, 2021. Late applications will be considered if funding remains available. Application details are available at https://www.vanderbilt.edu/gdr/admissions/ under the Historical Studies graduate track. The Graduate Department of Religion does not require the GRE for admission; however, a writing sample is required.  The writing sample must be an academic paper no more than 35 pages long.

Vanderbilt University is committed to principles of equal opportunity and affirmative action.

Call for Nominations to the BSANA Graduate Student Committee


The elections committee of the Byzantine Studies Association of North America Graduate Student Committee invites nominations (including self-nominations) to the committee for terms beginning at the forthcoming BSC in Cleveland, December 9–12, 2021.

As per our by-laws, the elections committee, formed by the four outgoing members, seeks nominees who represent diversity in race, gender, geographic distribution, public/private institutions, and MA/PhD membership within the field of Byzantine studies. If elected at the 2021 meeting, new members will serve until the 2023 meeting, joining the four remaining members to form a board of eight in total.

Committee members seek to grow graduate membership and create a strong graduate community, bringing together students in all related fields of Byzantine Studies. Additionally, we aim to increase graduate attendance at the BSC through a guaranteed session and the presentation of annual committee reports at the BSC member’s meeting. We have found the experience very rewarding!

Please send your nominations (or any questions you may have) to the elections committee at bsana.grad@gmail.com by December 9th. Please include the nominee’s name, rank, institution, and discipline; and please confirm that the nominee has agreed to serve if elected.


Elections Committee of the Graduate Student Committee:

Anna Carroll, Justin Mann, Caitlin Mims, and Jake Ransohoff

Call for applications: “German for students of Classical Studies” summer program 2022 in Cologne

The Department for Classical Studies of the University of Cologne is now accepting applications for the 2022 “German for Students of Classical Studies” summer course. The course will take place from May 30 to July 8. It is specially designed to meet the lingustic needs of students of the Classics who wish to expand their knowledge of written and spoken academic German.
The program includes a language class, reading tutorials, field trips to archaeological sites in the Rhineland and the opportunity to take part in the academic life of the Classics department of the University of Cologne. We hope to be able to offer the course in person (depending on the corona situation in the summer of 2022). In that case, a proof of full vaccination will be required.
The deadline for applications is January 31, 2022.
All the relevant information, including a flyer for download, can be found here: http://ifa.phil-fak.uni-koeln.de/30905.html
If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to let me know.
Prof. Dr. Anja Bettenworth
Universität zu Köln
Institut für Altertumskunde
Albertus Magnus-Platz
50931 Köln
Tel.: +49-0221-470 4810

Brown University 2-year Mellon Postdoc in Critical Classical Reception

Brown University’s Department of Classics and Department of Comparative Literature invite applications for a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship in Critical Classical Reception. This position is to be held jointly with the Cogut Institute for the Humanities for a two-year term beginning July 1, 2022. We seek exceptional junior scholars who augment or complement the present strengths and diversity of our communities at Brown University, and who enhance our commitment to inclusive education and research.

We are particularly interested in scholars of Greek and Roman antiquity (broadly conceived) and its legacies, and who approach those legacies through a critical framework and as a means of addressing and engaging with urgent issues of modernity. We wish to foster engagements with the “classical” that challenge dominant narratives about the meaning, significance, and value of that material and of the Greco-Roman legacy at large, in both the European West and beyond. We would welcome teaching, advising and research that adopts a critical classical receptions perspective to explore topics such as ability, canonicity, democracy, disciplinary history, embodiment, gender and sexuality, ideology, identity, mobility and migration, race and ethnicity, and the nation state.

Applicants will have received a Ph.D. in a humanities field (including, but not limited to, Classics, Comparative Literature, Cultural and Area Studies, and Modern Languages) within the past five (5) years and from an institution other than Brown. The fellow will teach two courses each year, which will be cross-listed in the Cogut Institute’s Humanities course offerings. The fellow will also be affiliated with the Cogut Institute and expected to participate in the weekly seminars and other activities of the Institute. Fellows will receive a stipend of $61,500, with an increase to $63,906 the second year, plus benefits and a research budget of $2,000 per year.

Application Instructions
All candidates should submit a letter of application, short descriptions (150-250 words) of 3-4 proposed courses, a curriculum vitae, and contact information for three references by February 11, 2022. Applicants must apply online. Applications received by that date will receive full consideration, but the search will remain open until the position is filled.

For further inquiries, please contact Johanna Hanink (johana_hanink@brown.edu).

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